Meeting the volunteers for PyCon MY 2016

Today we met with the 15 volunteers that will help us as part of the staff for PyCon MY 2016.

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Students of IUMW volunteering for PyCon MY 2016

We spent 2 hours going through the Code Of Conduct, Issues Handling, and conference day Playbook documents before walking around campus making final checks for registration tables, lunch arrangements and other logistics issues.

The students have elected among themselves a volunteer leader to act as a manager assigning the various roles to other volunteers.

Thank you to IUMW for allowing us to work with the students, and thank you to our volunteers for their help to make PyCon MY 2016 a comfortable and successful conference.

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PyCon MY 2016 is happening this year from 26 August 2016 to 28 August 2016 at  International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Get Ticket Now .

PyCon APAC 2017 in Kuala Lumpur

PyCon APAC started in Singapore in 2010 as a way for the regional python users and developers to get together at a place closer to home. By inviting keynote speakers and key python personalities from other parts of the world to the PyCon APAC, it has opened up opportunities for the regional python users and developers to collaborate and learn from one another.

After Singapore in 2010 to 2012, PyCon APAC moved to Tokyo in 2013, and was hosted twice by Taipei until 2015 and is in Seoul for 2016.

On the second day of #pyconapac2016 in Seoul, we have made the announcement that the regional PyCon APAC for 2017 will return to South East Asia and be hosted in Kuala Lumpur.

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Our friends in APAC. KR, HK, PH, TW, VN, JP, SG and MY. With Ewa Jodlowska (3rd from left)  from the PSF.

We are excited for this opportunity and believe it will much benefit the young but growing python community in this part of the world. Looking forward to seeing you in Kuala Lumpur in 2017!

Another week to PyCon MY 2016

It’s the time of the year again, where the pythonistas (the people who use and develop programs using python) in Malaysia come together for a yearly conference, PyCon MY in Kuala Lumpur.

If you are new to python and it’s conferences, here’s as short description of what a PyCon is:

The Python Conference (PyCon) is an annual convention for the discussion and promotion of the Python programming language. It originated in the United States but is also held in many other countries that have active Python developer communities.

The first PyCon we had in Malaysia was in March 2014, with the support of iTrain by allowing us to have a one track, one day conference at their offices. Over 70 people came, with Eric Holscher of Read The Docs fame as our keynote speaker.

In August 2015, we had our second yearly PyCon MY with over 100 people attending.

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PyCon MY 2015, held in University Malaya’s Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology

In the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, PyCons are being held in many countries. The APAC community is a group of PyCon organizers and they meet up annually to discuss how to better reach out to their respective locals in particular and the APAC region in general. Once a year, one country will host the PyCon APAC version of the conference.

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The APAC community meeting in Seoul during PyCon APAC 2016. Present are PH, TW, SG, JP, KR, VN and HK with the PSF.

If you’ve never been to a PyCon before, here are some comments from those who were at our 2015 PyCon MY last year:

pycon is one of those event where I manage to learn on different technique on python being used, something that hard for me to do at work. It is a place where I meet different python developer in malaysia, it is pretty awesome

– Swee Meng, co-chair PyCon MY 2015

I attended PyCon last year as a speaker. It was really a great experience to talk to other experienced developers and passionate people in the industry. Expect an overload of knowledge to be gained! And new friends!

– Shulhi Sapli, speaker for PyCon MY 2015

It was great to attend a conference where people share what they have been doing with python. We don’t have many community led technical conferences focused on building stuff in Malaysia but PyCon is one of them. Seeing how the people that came connect to one another, making new friends and the attendees eyes glittered looking at other people’s projects made running the conference worth it!

– Iqbal Abdullah, chair PyCon MY 2015

I joined conference like PyCon primarily to look for alternative solutions that based on open source techologies. Being in public sector, having cheaper alternative with great local community support is important to us. It just after PyconMy last year that I started exploring data science in Python, particularly on using R with Python and building our internal application in Django

– Mohd Razmi, Pusat Pengetahuan, Komunikasi dan Teknologi (PPKT), USM, Kelantan.

PyCon MY’s aim, other than getting our local python users together for a yearly conference to share and celebrate each other, is to give opportunities for overseas python users and developers to meet and interact with our local pythonistas.

We’ll be having our third PyCon this year, this time to be held at the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) Kuala Lumpur campus. We have 18 talk sessions planned with 18 speakers, including 2 keynotes,  and one PyCon dinner over a period of 2 days. We believe it will be a fun and learning weekend.

Tickets will still be on sale until Friday 8/19 and can be bought here. There will also be a PyCon Dinner Buffet on the first day of the conference, also at the venue and tickets will also be available until Friday 8/19

 

PyCon MY 2016 Dinner

It has been a tradition for PyCons to have a conference dinner to celebrate the various people that come to our conferences from all around the world. PyCon MY 2016 will be no different, and we will be hosting a dinner for anyone who is interested in making connections and having a great time over food and conversation with other pythonistas.

The dinner will be a separate paid event, and will be held at the IUMW Cafe Foyer, Block C, City Campus of the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) on 8/27 (Sat) from 6PM.

Tentative Menu

1. Spaghetti Olio- Olio
2. Classic Herb & Spices Rice
3. Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce
4. Creamy Citrus Butter Sauce Fish Fillet
5. Stir Fried Mixed Veggies with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6. Buffalo Wing with Chef Sauce
7. Assorted Homemade Cakes & Assorted Muffins
8. Fresh Mango Pudding
9. Drinks

Extras:
Chicken and Lamb Satay
15kg Roast Lamb
Places are limited, and due to logistics restrictions, we will close dinner ticket sales on 8/19 (Fri)

For information on the tentative menu and ticket purchase, please go to:
http://pyconmy2016-dinner.peatix.com/